The Best Garage Door For Your Pole Barn

pole-barnWhen deciding to build a structure to house your tractors and equipment many will opt for a Pole Barn. For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the term, Pole Barns are built utilizing post-frame construction. This means that poles are used and planted into the ground to help create the foundation for your barn. You then can create a large structure that is safe, less expensive than your typical barn, less labor intensive and a lot less expensive. Which means you will have more money for a few new tractor restoration projects as well as the ability to purchase the right garage door for your structure. Depending on what you expect to get from the type of door you choose there are a few different options. After speaking with a reputable garage door repair and installation company we have the breakdown on which door does what, as well as the pros and cons to each.

Hydraulic Door (Top of the Line)-  A hydraulic door is a big, heavy-duty garage door that swings open. These types of doors are used mostly for agricultural style buildings and are a perfect door to think of using for your Pole Barn depending on the size of your tractor.  These doors come in a single hydraulic sheet or 2 piece sheets which are called bi-fold doors. Because of how wide they are they make for easy access for tractors that are used frequently and have tools and equipment attached to them. Hydraulic doors can be on the expensive side and may be just what you are looking for.

slider-door-pole-barnSliding Doors(On A Budget)- Sliding doors are a great choice for those on a budget, our garage door expert Jeff says. They are also recommended for those that do not have a lot of equipment to take in and out or for those who are planning to spend a decent time within the pole barn restoring a tractor. With sliding doors, you can choose between a single slider that slides in one direction or a two-sided slider that splits in the middle and slides in both directions.  Most sliding doors have steel or steel and aluminum frames and are being made with lighter materials, better tracks and trolleys.

overhead-door-pole-barnOverhead Door(Looking For Convenience)- This is your typical garage door that is used most in residential homes although if you purchase a wide door it will have no problem accommodating your tractor. They can be opened manually, but if you are going for convience purchasing and installing a garage door opener is highly suggested. With the push of a button, you then can go in and out as you please. These doors with openers are pricier than sliding doors but still less expensive than heavy duty hydraulic doors. Jeff includes that these doors are relatively cost-effective because of the ease and convenience of use.

Not sure what type of door you are interested in? Decide on your budget and what you want long term. If you spend a great deal of your time on your tractor restoration projects or you utilize your restored tractors a lot it may be best to spend a bit more money and opt for the convenience of an Overhead door or and Hydraulic door.

 

Solar Powered Tractors

solar-powered-tractorsThanks to modern technological advancements Nikola Tesla’s original electric motor design from the 19th century is now being used to power our cars and other motorized equipment. In turn this development is leading to less pollution and a healthier planet. Now the electric trend is starting to sweep its way into farming tractors. We are finding more and more that solar power and tractors are a perfect fit. What progress has been made so far to remove the internal combustion engine from our farming tools and take a solar power electric approach instead?

Why electric motors are perfect for tractors

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Tractors don’t need to go fast, nor do they need a long range like cars do, so an electric powered tractor is perfect. They can mount big solar panels to extend the range of the tractor so it will run as long as there is sunlight. And since tractors don’t go faster than 25 mph, aerodynamics is not a big deal. Also, with electric motors, they have a ton of instant torque do to having high efficiency, and usually only one gear. With this tractors can get more work done. And this doesn’t even include that electric power is cheaper to run and cheaper to maintain than normal gas power. Finally, the fact that there are no emissions means that there are no harmful gas products being spread on our crops, allowing for a healthier population and planet.

What electric tractors have been made so far?

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Sadly, no mass production tractor has been put into production yet, but one of the biggest tractor producers, John Deere, has unveiled its plans for an all electric tractor in 2016, but three years later there is no updates so major companies still have a long way to go. But, people with the mechanical knowledge have already started making solar powered tractors. A family took an old 1950 Ford 8N and converted it to run on electric power with a giant solar roof. They say the tractor cost around $4100 to convert it, so if you have the mechanical know how this project is not as expensive as you might think! The only con to this is that they say it takes 8-10 hours to recharge. So it is best to have a fast charger installed in your home to speed up this process.

Electric motors now are gaining traction thanks to their success in the automobile industry. Now electric power is being implemented into other industries. One of the best industries to implement this is the tractor industry due to the reasons above. So it is only a matter of time before major tractor companies either innovate or are forced to make electric only tractors. And like we said, if you have the mechanical know how, feel free to try and convert a tractor yourself!